Planning

We are committed to investing in the local infrastructure of the community where we develop and we will report annually on all our Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy contributions.

A total of £79.0 million has been invested via Section 106 / Community Infrastructure Levy payments.

We are committed to investing in the local infrastructure of the community where we develop and we will report annually on all our Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy contributions.

Consultations have taken place for all new developments.

We will aim to improve the community engagement process for new development applications (of 50 or more units) by publishing details of the development proposals on-line, including the ability for interested parties to leave comments / feedback for due consideration.

In 2015/16 36 planning applications qualified under the terms of the target, all of which had on-line public consultations with feedback facilities.

We will pilot ‘Building for Life’ on a minimum of 1 site and assess the impact on planning, construction costs and development desirability over the next 3 years.

 

Bellway buys land with and without the benefit of detailed planning permission. Where sites are progressed through the planning process, we work closely with both local councils and the local residents to arrive at a scheme that is beneficial to the community, whilst at the same time enhances the local environment. We do this by combining the talents of the in-house teams with expert external consultancy. 

Inclusive Planning

We are committed to an inclusive planning approach. This includes involvement with local communities through neighbourhood workshops, public meetings, exhibitions, newsletters and interactive websites, all assisting to build positive relationships with key stakeholders.

Engagement

While these measures help to secure detailed planning permissions for sensitive and challenging sites, we never lose our focus on the new communities being developed. By engaging with local people we can provide new homes and facilities to blend within the community, creating cohesion between old and new.

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Case Study

Community Consultation

Bellway is planning a development at Penllergaer (Swansea) that will eventually see 850 – 1000 new homes built, including 20% affordable housing. As part of the overall consultation process, Bellway has sought the views of a range of organisations, local politicians, key stakeholders and the local community.

Bellway has also presented the initial plans to the Design Commission for Wales for an independent review. Following the hearing with the Commission some subtle but important changes have been made to the site wide masterplan which will improve the overall sense of place brought about through the development.

Bellway is also working with the Council to support the evidence base for the Local Development Plan, where the site is currently included as a draft allocation to provide 850 homes over the plan period.

 

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